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  • #23733
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    Ken Sims
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    ellmer wrote:

    Ken is living in a floating house in a caribbean bay (Cartagena) with 4G Internet having a boat instead a car a realistic option for you?

     
    First, while I’m working at my current job, no internet connection is going to be fast enough for me to work remotely. Here at home I have business-class wired internet on a major provider and it doesn’t cut it. I have to be directly on our local LAN that is directly on our corporate WAN to get adequate response times for anything beyond doing remote support when problems occur outside of office hours.
     
    Second, I didn’t mention it in this thread, but I’ve mentioned previously that the seastead needs to be essentially at least a small town where I can get my needs met without having to actually leave the seastead. If I actually need a boat (as compared to having a boat just because I want to have one) then the situation is probably not what I’m looking for.
     
    Third, in my opinion living in a bay on what is essentially a houseboat doesn’t even qualify as seasteading. I have no interest in doing that. And even if I did, I could do it a lot closer than Cartagena.

    #23729
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    Ken Sims
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    In theory I could do my current job remotely through the internet, but …
    1. I do remote support from home on a regular basis and it’s just plain too slow for my regular job responsibilities.
    2. I don’t know if my employer would allow it anyway.
    So it’s unlikely that I would be able to move to a seastead until I retire, which will probably be in about nine years.

    I’ve discussed this before in detail in these forums, so I’ll just summarize to say that I’m not the pioneer type. I need a turnkey situation where I can pay money for what I need. I.e. right now I pay rent for a place to live, which includes any needed maintenance. I pay money for utilities. I pay money for food, clothes, etc. I pay money for health care.

    For me, a move to a seastead needs to be a one-way trip. I move with the intention of living there for the rest of my life.

    I would prefer that the seastead be in international waters, and even better would be outside of any EEZ as well.

    Given all of the above, it seems unlikely that I will in fact ever live on a seastead. By the time a seastead exists that meets my criteria, I’m likely to either be dead or at least be in poor enough condition to not warrant making such a move.

    #23699
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    Ken Sims
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    True, corporations don’t have citizens. But they have customers as well as employees. The employees input work and receive money. The customer input money and receive goods and/or services.
     
    While the corporate management is not required to pay any attention to what either wants, it is in their own best interest to at least listen, and to make changes where is financially and operationally practical to do so.
     
    Otherwise, if there are other better options available, they may lose their employees and/or customers.

    #23651
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    For my own living environment, I like to find something that works, then leave it alone unless there is an actual benefit to the change.
     
    I’m not married. I’ve been living in the same apartment for a little over eleven years. All of the furniture is still in the same layout that I determined when I originally moved in.

    #23614
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    Ellmer, as I’ve outlined previously, being not a pioneer type, I need to be part of an actual floating city. (The term “city” being used loosely … it could actually be more of what would be considered a small town.)
     
    Everyone, I was thinking more about the 16x16ft size as I was running my weekend errands. One of those would not be enough, but I think two could be sufficient (barely) with one being the kitchen and general living area, and the other being a bedroom and a bathroom.
     
    Referencing the recent TSI “Floating City Project Report”, I would be wanting one of their 600 square feet units, which is somewhat larger than the 512 square feet of two 16×16 foot compartments.

    #23612
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    Ken Sims
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    Well, that pretty much sank my hopes again. I am guessing Ken is not going to settle for a basic 16x16ft to start off this endeavor. We’d need gated, covered, and guarded space on land for the Maserati too, i spose? Volvo S90? AAARRRGGGG.

     
    Kat, please stop putting words in my mouth.
     
    You are correct that I’m not going to settle for 16x16ft, but I wouldn’t expect to have nearly as big of a unit as I have now. Nor would it need to be gated or have a garage. I was just pointing that I do get a fair amount for my $1295.
     
    And my car happens to be a 1996 two-door Honda Civic DX.

    #23606
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    Note that for my $1295/month, I get a two-story, three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom apartment with an attached garage in a gated community. And the rent does include maintenance. For example, when my water heater sprung a leak, I called the office and they had it replaced in an hour or so at no charge to me.

    #23602
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    I rent an apartment at $1295/month just for the rent (i.e. no utilities or anything else included in that).

    When I retire I’ll find something cheaper because I won’t have my current level of income, but I expect to still be paying well over $500/month. Anything that I could get in this general area for $500/month would either be a shack, be in a really bad neighborhood, or both.

    #23477
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    There is a big difference between expecting a floating city to have retail establishments (which I do expect), and expecting a floating city to have

    presence of a Walmart (or Sears, or Target, or Belk, or Home Depot, or Fastenall, or Staples, Food Giant, or etc) must also be on the same boat with you

    (which I did not say and do not expect).

    #23468
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    Ken Sims
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    Elwar wrote:

    not sure about price as long as it affords all amenities as on land

     
    I don’t expect ALL of the amenities as on land.
     
    And despite Kat putting words in my mouth, I don’t expect U.S. retailers to have stores on the seastead.
     
    Food, for example, would likely be more of a “Farmers Market” than a grocery store where I buy food now. Many things would have to bought on land and brought out by boat or helicopter or whatever.
     
    Price depends on a lot of things. Am I renting (preferred) or buying? What is the size of the residence? (I could buy a nice residence locally for under $200K if I wanted to buy.) Is power and water bundled in or do I have purchase it separately? Etc. Etc.

    #23462
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    I’ve expressed before in the forums what I want/need in a seastead, but here it is again:
     
    I want/need a turnkey residence on a true floating city.
     
    I’m not the pioneering type and I’m not handy. (I’m a major klutz.) I rent an apartment. I give them money and in return I not only get a place to live, but I also call them for all maintenance needs beyond the simplest stuff.
     
    I don’t try to generate my own power. I give money to various companies and get gas, electricity, trash pickup, etc.
     
    Likewise I don’t try to grow any of my own food. I go to stores and give them money in return for food, personal care products, household items, etc.
     
    So I need a seastead where I can exchange money for what I need and want.
     
    Things relating to this proposal that I’m not interested in:
     
    * Timesharing. If I move to a seastead, I intend for it to be a one-way trip.
     
    * Giving a big chunk of money to a company with no track record in return for something that I will supposedly get in seven years.

    #23451
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    To expand a little bit on what Kat presented …
     
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    #23441
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    There’s an X in the upper right of the box to close it. A cookie will then keep it closed until the cookie expires in a year.

    The X is this link:
    http://www.seasteading.org/?intro=close

    So if you are having problems closing the box, you can go to that URL to display the home page without the box. That will also set the cookie to keep the box hidden when you go to the home page without the extra “?intro=close” on the end.

    #23404
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    The system allows more than one user to have the same display name.
     
    Your original MDude profile (created on March 16, 2009) still exists and is not blocked.
     
    I saw where you did several password resets for that profile. Do you still have access to that email account? Did you receive the password reset emails?
     
    I can delete that original MDude profile since you’ve got a new one working.
     
    Ken

    #23188
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    What is wrong with a 80′ or a 120′ or a 200′ seastead, population from 10 to 50 that we can REALLY build in the next few years? And keep on building them, attach them to each other, and grow little by little, and by doing so we’ll be GETTING SOMEWHERE instead of still just keep on talking about it and getting nowhere…

     
    Actually doing something instead of just talking about it? Now you’re just being crazy! :)

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